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KPMR, virtual channel 38 (UHF digital channel 21), is a Univision/Ion Television-affiliated television station licensed to Santa Barbara, California, United States and serving the Central Coast of California. Owned by Entravision Communications, it is a sister station to Santa Maria-licensed UniMás affiliate KTSB-CD, channel 35 (which is simulcast on KPMR's third digital subchannel). The two stations share studios on Fairway Drive in Santa Maria north of Santa Maria Public Airport; KPMR's transmitter is located atop Broadcast Peak, between Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez in the Santa Ynez Mountains.

History[]

On May 23, 1997, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted a construction permit to Coast TV to build a full-service television station on channel 38 to serve Santa Barbara and California's Central Coast. Originally identified by its application identification, 840720 kg, the station took call letters KPMR in February 1998. Entravision Communications acquired the station from Coast TV in a deal finalized in January 2001, and applied for a license for the station a month later, bringing the station on the air under Program Test Authority as a Univision affiliate. The FCC granted the license on April 12, 2002.

On June 15, 2015, the studios of KPMR and KTSB-CA were broken into by former station employee Pablo Quiroz, Jr., destroying computers, cars, windows, and hard drives. He also documented his vandalism on Twitter during the spree.

Programming[]

KPMR airs Spanish-language programming such as telenovelas, comedies, movies, sports and news, as well as Univision network programming. Local programming includes a newscast originally called Noticias Costa Central, and recently rebranded as Noticias A Su Lado, which airs nightly at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Competing news stations in the area announced that KPMR's news department would be shut down on December 30, 2011; however, the station continues to air local newscasts. The station also continues to operate as a Univision affiliate.

Technical information[]

Subchannels[]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed, with K32LT-D additionally carrying LATV:

Subchannels of KPMR
Virtual Channel Physical RF Channel Video Aspect Short Name Programming
38.1 21.1 1080i 16:9 KPMR-DT Main KPMR programming / Univision
38.2 21.2 720p KPMRDT2 Ion Television
38.3 21.3 KTSB-CD Simulcast of KTSB-CD / UniMás
38.4 21.4 480i Comet Comet TV
38.5 21.5 Grit Grit
Subchannels of K32LT-D
Virtual Channel Physical RF Channel Video Aspect Short Name Programming
28.1 32.1 1080i 16:9 K32LT-D Main KPMR programming / Univision
28.2 32.2 720p UniMas Simulcast of KTSB-CD / UniMás
28.3 32.3 480i LATV LATV
Subchannel of K17GD-D
Virtual Channel Physical RF Channel Video Aspect Short Name Programming
17.1 17.1 1080i 16:9 K17GD-D Main KPMR programming / Univision
Subchannel of K10OG-D
Virtual Channel Physical RF Channel Video Aspect Short Name Programming
10.1 10.1 1080i 16:9 K10OG-D Main KPMR programming / Univision

The FCC granted KPMR a construction permit in March 2001 to build companion digital facilities to broadcast on channel 21 with 1000 kW ERP. After two extensions of the construction permit, the station applied for and was granted Special Temporary Authority (STA) to build reduced-power facilities in October 2003. After several extensions of the STA, KPMR-DT applied for a license for its full-power digital facilities in July 2006. The station has elected to remain on channel 21 after the end of the DTV transition.

Former Subchannels[]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Former Subchannels of KPMR
Virtual Channel Physical RF Channel Video Aspect Short Name Programming
38.1 21.1 1080i 16:9 KPMR-DT Main KPMR programming / Univision
38.2 21.2 720p KPMRDT2 Ion Television
38.3 21.3 KTSB-CD Simulcast of KTSB-CD / UniMás
38.4 21.4 480i Comet Comet TV
Former Subchannels of K32LT-D
Virtual Channel Physical RF Channel Video Aspect Short Name Programming
28.1 32.1 1080i 16:9 K32LT-D Main KPMR programming / Univision
28.2 32.2 480i UniM SD Simulcast of KTSB-CD / UniMás
28.3 32.3 4:3 LATV LATV
Former Subchannels of K17GD-D
Virtual Channel Physical RF Channel Video Aspect Short Name Programming
17.1 17.1 1080i 16:9 K17GD-D Main KPMR programming / Univision
17.2 17.2 720p Ion Ion Television
17.3 17.3 UniMas Simulcast of KTSB-CD / UniMás
17.4 17.4 480i Comet Comet TV
17.5 17.5 Grit Grit
Former Subchannels of K10OG-D
Virtual Channel Physical RF Channel Video Aspect Short Name Programming
10.1 10.1 1080i 16:9 K10OG-D Main KPMR programming / Univision
10.2 10.2 480i 4:3 UniMas Simulcast of KTSB-CD / UniMás
10.3 10.3 LATV LATV

Analog-to-digital conversion[]

KPMR shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 38, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 21. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 38.

KPMR also broadcasts sister station KTSB-CA as a digital subchannel.

Translators[]

KPMR's signal is relayed on the following translator stations:

City of license Callsign Translating Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
San Luis Obispo K32LT-D KPMR 38.1 32 12.5 kW  m ( ft) 29885 35° 21' 37", W 120° 39' 24"  (K32LT-D) Entravision Communications
Paso Robles K17GD-D KPMR 17 15 kW  m ( ft) 129078 35° 38' 44.8", W 120° 44' 19.6"
Lompoc K10OG-D KPMR 10 3 kW m ( ft) 41125 34° 44' 24.9", W 120° 26' 45.5"
TV stations in California
Azteca América UniMás Telemundo Univision Other stations
KMSG-LD2, Fresno KBTF-CD/KTFB-CA, Bakersfield KKEY-LP, Bakersfield KVER-CD, Indio KVMM-CD, Santa Barbara KVMD, Twentynine Palms KCBT-LD, Bakersfield KZMM-CD, Fresno
KVYE-DT2, El Centro KEVC-CD, Indio KUNA-LD, Indio KVYE, El Centro KSDX-LD, San Diego KWHY, Los Angeles
XHAS-TDT, Tijuana/San Diego KKTF-LD, Chico KMUV-LD, Monterey KDTV-DT/KDTV-CD, San Francisco/Santa Rosa KGMC, Merced
KRHT-LD, Redding KDJT-CD, Monterey KNVN-DT2, Chico KBNT-CD, San Diego KQCA-DT3, Stockton
KSBO-CD, San Luis Obispo KTSB-CD, Santa Maria KCSO-LD/KMUM-CD/KMMW-LD, Sacramento/Stockton KUVS-DT/KEZT-CD, Modesto/Sacramento KRCA, Riverside
KBBV-CD, Bakersfield KFTR-DT, Ontario KTAS, San Luis Obispo KFTV-DT, Hanford
KMCE-LD, Monterey KDTF-LD, San Diego KSTS, San Jose KUCO-LD, Chico
KSAO-LD, Sacramento KAJB, Calipatria KUAN-LD, Poway KEUV-LD, Eureka
KEMO, San Francisco KTFF-DT/KTFF-LD, Porterville/Fresno KNSO, Clovis KMEX-DT, Los Angeles
KWHY-DT2, Los Angeles KTFK-DT, Stockton KVEA, Corona KPMR, Santa Barbara
KFSF-DT, Vallejo KABE-CD, Bakersfield
KSMS, Monterey
TV stations in California
KPXN, Los Angeles

KIEM-DT2, Eureka
KSPX, Sacramento
KKPX, San Francisco
KION, Monterey
KAIL-DT4, Fresno
KERO-DT4, Bakersfield

Broadcast television on California's Central Coast, including Santa Barbara and Santa Maria
Santa Barbara:

KEYT 3 (ABC) |KZDF-LD 8 (SBN) |K10PV-D 10 (NBC)|KSBB 17 (Dabl)|K26FT-D/K28GY-D 26/28 (PBS)|K26FT-D/K28GY-D 26/28 (PBS)|KSBT-LD 32 (Ind)|KPMR 38 (Uni)|KVMM-CD 41 (AZA)|KBAB-LD 50 (PBS)
Santa Maria:
K07TA 7 (TMD) |KKDJ-LD 8 (SBN)|KCOY 12 (Dabl)|K22LM-D 22 (Ind)|KLFA-LD 25 (AZA)|KQMM-CD 29 (SBN)|KDFS-CD 30 (AZA) |KWSM-LD 32 (ESTRELLA)|KTSB-CD 35 (UniMas)
San Luis Obispo:
K31KE-D 3 (ABC) |KSBY 6 (NBC)|K16FC-D 16 (PBS)|K12QP-D 17 (Silent)|K47DG 22 (Ind)|KKFX-CD 24 (Fox)|K50LP-D 28 (Uni)|K17GD/K28FK 28 (UniMas)|KTAS 33 (TMD)|KSBO-CD 42 (AZA)|KFUL-LD 57 (AZA)
Defunct Stations:
K15DB 15 (TBN)|KSSY-LP 20 (Religious)|KWHY-LP 20 (Ind)|K23CL 23 (TBN)|KJCN-LP/K22EE 36 (TBN)|KMMA-CD 41 (3ABN)|KPXA-LD 48 (AZA)|K49EK 49 (Ind)|KPXA-LP 49 (Ind)|KCCE-LP 50 (A1)|KCCE-LP 50 (A1)|K51GB 51 (TBN)|KCPB 54 (Ind)


Adjacent locals
Bakersfield:
KGET-TV 17 (NBC) |KBAK-TV 29 (CBS) |KBFX-CD 58 (Fox)
Los Angeles:
KCAL-TV 9 (Ind) |KOCE-TV 50 (PBS)
San Francisco:
KQED 9 (PBS) |KNTV 11 (NBC) |KSTS 48 (TMD)
Monterey:
KSBW 8 (NBC) |KMUV-LD 23 (TMD) |KION 46 (CBS)
Fresno:
KAIL 7 (TCT) |KFTV-DT 21 (Uni) |KSEE 24 (NBC)|KMPH 26 (Fox)|KGMC 43 (Estrela)|KGPE 47 (CBS)|KNSO 51 (TMD)|KFRE 59 (CW)|KTFF-DT 61 (UniMas)

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